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Community Vanishes in Deadly Oso Slide

Posted by feww on March 25, 2014


14 Killed, community buried under tens of millions of tons of earth

Death toll in the deadly landslide near Oso, Wash., climbed to at least 14, while the list of potentially missing people ballooned to 176 by late Monday.

However, the  Snohomish County officials said the number included many duplicate names, and could drop.

The massive mudslide struck Saturday morning, a time when most residents  are at home, totally destroying or damaging dozens of structures in the communities. At least 25 residences were fully occupied at the time, officials said.

FIRE-EARTH estimates the slide moved about 50 million tons of mud, rock and debris.


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A 54m (177ft) wall of rain-sodden earth separated from foothills of the Cascade Mountains along the Stillaguamish River, leaving a trail of  mud, rock and debris up to 5m deep. It buried communities  near the town of Oso, north of Seattle.  Photo: WSDOT, Handout

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Photo: Handout, Snohomish County

Washington Emergency Declaration: Flooding and Mudslides (EM-3370)

The White House has signed Washington Emergency Declaration, authorizing FEMA to co-ordinate the disaster relief effort in the Snohomish County.

Washington Governor Inslee said it was “devastation beyond imagination” after surveying the area from the air.

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A massive landslide near Oso, Washington killed at least 14 people and buried an entire community. The slide created a dam on the North Fork of the Stillaguamash River on Saturday.  Photo: Snohomish County, Handout.


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One Response to “Community Vanishes in Deadly Oso Slide”

  1. Niclole B said

    The death toll has now climbed to at least 24, with 176 people listed as missing, as of early morning Wednesday.

    “We can confirm that we have recovered 2 more bodies, bringing our total to 16, and believe we have located an additional 8,” said the Snohomish County officials.

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